New Jersey lawmakers are working on legislation that would amend the state constitution to allow casinos, horse racing facilities, and the state lottery to maintain operations uninterrupted if officials fail to pass annual state operating budgets by the start of each fiscal session, which begins July 1 of every year.

The measure would require the agencies that maintain New Jersey’s gambling facilities to continue operating and “monies in any fund established to pay for state regulation of these activities would be deemed appropriated and available for expenditure by the appropriate regulatory agencies until an annual appropriations law is enacted,” according to the legislation.

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